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MURDERED Ciara Glennon was just when 27 when she was abducted and murdered in Perth in Western Australia.

Neill O’Neill

A WESTPORT man whose daughter was murdered in Australia 20 years ago has said that the arrest of a suspected serial killer for her murder just before Christmas is a ‘very raw and bittersweet time’.
Ciara Glennon was 27 when she was abducted and murdered in Perth, Western Australia in 1997. The body of the lawyer, whose father Denis Gleenon is a native of Westport Quay,  was discovered on April 3 that year. She was remembered last week by a former colleague as a ‘gifted young lawyer, a popular and fun-loving workmate, a loyal friend and a devoted daughter and sister’.
Bradley Robert Edwards, from Kewdale, appeared in Perth Magistrates Court on Friday, December 23, charged with the murders of Jane Rimmer in June 1996 and Ciara Glennon in March 1997.
Edwards, 48, is also accused of abducting a 17-year-old girl in February 1995 as she walked through Rowe Park in Claremont, and indecently assaulting an 18-year-old woman during a break-in at a Huntingdale home in February 1988.
He was remanded in custody to appear in Stirling Gardens Magistrates Court on January 11.
Australian media have reported that he was charged with two counts of wilful murder, two counts of deprivation of liberty, two counts of aggravated sexual penetration without consent, one count of breaking and entering, and one count of indecent assault, and that he showed no emotion as he appeared in a Perth court the day before Christmas Eve. It is understood Edwards works as an electrical engineer and has been decorated for his volunteerism and community work in the recent past.
Police commissioner Karl O’Callaghan said Mr Edwards’ arrest was the result of the ‘biggest and most complex police investigation in Western Australian history’.
“We are being updated by the Western Australian Police, and hence it is best that I do not comment on the recent developments,” Denis Glennon futher stated to reporters.
The Glennon family are originally from Westport. Denis Glennon worked with Bord na Mona for a time. His parents (Ciara’s grandparents) and family later moved to Sligo and Ciara Glennon’s grandfather Denis, who worked for CIE at Westport Quay, and his wife Annie, who were both well-known around Westport, continued to live in Sligo. Ciara’s father Denis played football with Deel Rovers and emigrated to Australia in the mid seventies. Ciara visited her grandparents in Sligo just months before her disappearance. Her uncle Tom Glennon, who lives in Longford, is a regular visitor to Westport and still follows the fortunes of his home town soccer club Westport United.

Serial killer
For the last 20 years these unexplained murders have been known as the ‘Claremont Serial Killings’ after the two women disappeared and were later found murdered. Ms Rimmer vanished from Claremont and her body was found in August 1996 in bushland in Wellard, about 40km from Perth. CCTV footage later emerged, showing Ms Rimmer talking to a man in the street outside the Continental Hotel. Then on March 14 1997, Ms Glennon disappeared after a night out. Her body was found less than a month later, on a deserted track in Eglinton in Perth’s north. That’s when police suspected the deaths could be linked and there may be a serial killer on the loose.It is believed Ms Glennon had also been partying at The Continental pub, now known as the Claremont Hotel, on what was St Patrick’s weekend.
Links with other similar cases are now being investigated by police in Perth.